Thailand holds first meeting of national 5G committee, shows widespread support for technology


The first meeting of the national 5G committee this week in Thailand saw general agreement to support fifth generation (5G) wireless communications technology for the benefit of all, according to Associated Press.

The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, and saw a draft plan for the first phase of 5G support receive approval. Metrics for the efficiency of the technology chosen by the body include a network operating at no less than 100 megabytes (MB) per second in municipal areas and 50 MB in other areas along with no less than 98 percent of the public having access to 5G signals, with the Eastern Economic Corridor and Smart Cities to have 100 percent coverage.

Pilot projects in the short term were also approved by the committee, including 5G being used to enhance farming at Pha Mhee Training Center in Chiang Rai, the Roi Jai Rak Project in Chiang Mai province and the Smart Hospital project at Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, which is to see the facility take on critical technologies and 5G enhancements.

Principles for promoting 5G usage in the industrial sector were also approved. The goal of the committee is to pioneer extensive, equal and efficient 5G utilization across the nation.

The Pattaya News notes that Chonburi and the Pattaya area is also a test market for 5G as Pattaya is seen as the centerpiece for the Eastern Economic Corridor project which is expected to bring substantial more visitors to the area, especially from the business sector, over the next decade.

You can read more about local efforts involving 5G in Nongprue and the local community here.

Ten sets of 5G WIFI “Smart Poles” coming to the Pattaya area starting this month

Photo/Original Source: Thai National News Bureau

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